Inventing New Uses for Tools: A Cognitive Foundation for Studies on Appropriation

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dc.contributor.author Salovaara, Antti
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-03T09:10:12Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-03T09:10:12Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Salovaara, A. (2008). Inventing New Uses for Tools: A Cognitive Foundation for Studies on Appropriation. Human Technology, Volume 4 (2), pp. 209-228. URN:NBN:fi:jyu-200811065856. Retrieved from http://www.humantechnology.jyu.fi
dc.identifier.issn 1795-6889
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/20228
dc.description.abstract Appropriation refers to the processes that take place when new uses are invented for tools and when these uses develop into practices and start spreading within a user community. Most research in human–computer interaction and computersupported cooperative work to date has studied this phenomenon from a social sciences approach, thus focusing on the practice side of the phenomenon. This paper addresses appropriation from the other direction, drawing from ecological psychology and focusing on cognitive processes in context. Appropriation from this perspective is understood as an interpretation process in which the user perceives in a tool a new opportunity for action, thus acquiring a new mental usage schema that complements the existing uses. This approach highlights the need to study how schemata are put into use and how they evolve through new interpretations. Ensuing research questions are presented together with three strategies of applying the new approach in system design. en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher University of Jyväskylä, Agora Center
dc.relation.ispartofseries Human Technology: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Humans in ICT Environments
dc.relation.uri http://www.humantechnology.jyu.fi
dc.rights © 2008 Antti Salovaara and the Agora Center, University of Jyväskylä
dc.subject.other appropriation en
dc.subject.other schema en
dc.subject.other artifact en
dc.subject.other tool en
dc.subject.other ecological psychology en
dc.title Inventing New Uses for Tools: A Cognitive Foundation for Studies on Appropriation
dc.type Article
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:jyu-200811065856

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